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2016 Call for Performances
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For ASTR 2016 we invite performances that resonate with, respond to and playfully provoke the conference’s theme TRANS. Performances might, for example explore ideas of transgender, transfiguration, transgression, transition, transportation, translation, transformation or transplant. We invite you to think formally in terms of the transitory nature of conferences and hotel spaces with performances that move across, through, beyond, between people, places and states. These performances might be works in progress or finished works. They might be durational, one-to-one, flash, pop up, installation, lec-dem or invisible. Site specific proposals for the city of Minneapolis are also welcome.

As well as live performance we also invite short (30 min max) video submissions that could be part of a TRANS screening program.


Abstracts should be 500 words in length, and should speak to how your performance proposals relates to the conference theme TRANS. Feel free to submit a performance cluster of a few small works by one or more artists in dialogue with each other as well as individual proposals.

Details: Please give us a sense of duration as well as a sense of audience number. When proposing your project please keep in mind that the conference has very limited technical resources. Please indicate what kind of space you ideally require but if you can be flexible also include your minimal requirements. We may have some access to black box studios, theatre spaces, screening rooms and gallery type spaces, though with the usual conference constraints (so low tech works that can load in/out fairly quickly will be easier for us to present).

At the top of your submission please state your name, contact information, and affiliation. Include your proposal as a PDF and include your last name in the file name.

Send your proposals to Leslie Hill: Deadline: June 1

The ASTR 2016 artistic program will be curated by Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, directors of the theatre company Curious ( Since Curious was formed in 1997 the company has developed a reputation for edgy, humorous interrogations of contemporary culture and politics. Curious have produced over 50 projects in a range of media including live performance, installation, publication and film. Curious’s work, produced by Artsadmin in London (, has been shown in 18 countries, commissioned and produced by organizations such as PS122, New York, the Wellcome Trust, Sydney Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tanzquartier Vienna, Centre Pompidou, Paris and the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow. Leslie and Helen are both Associate Professors of Performance Making at Stanford University.

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